Gorgeous Survival Game The Forest Is Finally Getting A VR Mode

by Jamie Feltham • February 2nd, 2018

If you’re a VR veteran there’s a good chance you’ve heard of The Forest before. This long-in-development survival game, released in Early Access all the way back in 2014, once long ago promised VR support in the final release. After years without mention of that support, though, we’d given up hope it would make it in. That doesn’t seem to be the case, however.

Developer Endnight Games this week confirmed that the full version of The Forest is being targetted for release at the end of April, with an exact date TBD. However, the most interesting part of the announcement post notes that details about a “VR game mode” will be revealed closer towards the release. That certainly pricked our ears.

The vague term suggests that it might not be the full campaign that gets VR support. In the regular version of The Forest you crash land in the middle of the wilderness and must gather resources and build a settlement in order to survive. Eventually, you’ll discover strange monsters that you’ll need to defend yourself against. It sounds a little Minecraft-y but the game’s gorgeous graphics and mature themes have us fully intrigued. The full version of the game is going to include controller support and revamped systems.

Back in 2014, The Forest was promised for the Oculus Rift, though the VR landscape obviously looks very different now. Along with the addition of the HTC Vive, there’s also a PS4 version of the game on the way, which makes PSVR support a distinct possibility. Let’s hope we get more information on that in the coming weeks.

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  • gothicvillas

    It only took them 4 years

    • antonio mora

      Still it’s better than never

      • Jono

        Exactly, are you hearing this DayZ!

  • Mark Kent

    Man, I hope it’s the full game. If it’s dumbed down I’ll be super choked. Subnautica is amazing in VR. it’s become my favourite game, and I love how it wasn’t dumbed down at all.

  • PJ

    The survival genre is PERFECT fit for VR, hopefully it’s the full game with motion controls, The Forest is one of the few survival games I have yet to play, it’s been on my wish list now since release, the moment VR is in, I’ll buy it

    • ymo1965

      Subnautica is another great Survival game. It has a pretty good vr mode as well.

      • PJ

        The vr is ok. It’s amazing at first, but without motion control it’s pointless

        • ymo1965

          See your point but if there was one thing that bothered me more than anything it is the engine. Out of EA and still buggy and glitchy as ever. Constant pop-in and area’s of frame dropping. Not at all optimized well :/

      • Danilo

        I hated the lack of support to motion controls on subnautica. Kills the immersion for me.

    • Eddie Barsh

      Same here. Agree w everything you said. I’m on the PSVR

  • Raphael

    “The vague term suggests that it might not be the full campaign that gets VR support.” << They might not get my full money for the game.

  • Eddie Barsh

    This sounds amazing! Hope it comes to PSVR